There's a charming fiction that goes something like this: Apple hates jailbreakers and does everything it can to stifle them. The truth is a bit more complicated. For Apple, the jailbreak community is a great sounding board and a farm team from which to recruit talent. Take iOS 5's new Notification Center. It looks a lot like developer Peter Hajas' jailbreak app MobileNotifier -- and no wonder, Hajas now works for Apple.
And Apple isn't above stealing a couple other tricks from jailbreak-land. Take the prime real estate of the Lock Screen. It looks like Apple's given it an accessible notification overhaul too. Question is, can Apple's version compete with the jailbreakers'?
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco didn’t just close up shop and go away after Monday’s keynote -- it’s in full swing for the groovy guys and gals who create the third-party Mac and iOS software we know and love, and a few of them even got awarded for that work on Tuesday night.
The dust has settled at Moscone West and the WWDC 2011 keynote is now only a memory. Apple CEO Steve Jobs and friends covered a lot of ground in only two hours, but like many keynotes before it, some of the more interesting possibilities are the ones that didn’t get talked about.
Remember the Apple Digital AV Adapter? Imagine that functionality, except wireless, and you've got AirPlay Mirroring. Mentioned in passing in Monday's Keynote, this sweet little bit o' kit lets you see iPad content on your TV, as long as you've got an Apple TV hooked up to it.
Looking for some new reading material for your summer trips? Books are now available for purchase directly from the iTunes store. Previously, you could only purchase e-books through the iBookstore on your iPhone or iPad. But, since Apple yesterday announced the Newsstand feature in the next iteration of iOS, the store seems to have adapted to these new changes. Users will now be able to buy books from their computers and then sync them to their devices.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the last few years, it’s to never underestimate the hacker community -- they love a challenge, and they’re awfully resilient. Case in point: Apple’s latest iOS 5, which has already been jailbroken using an iPod touch.
The WWDC 2011 keynote is now just a memory -- but it may be a particular painful one for many third-party developers who are watching as Apple incorporates some of their functionality into the forthcoming iOS 5.
During the keynote this morning, I couldn't help but think that Apple's new notification system sounded strinkingly familiar. Android users have already been swiping down for notifications for quite some time now, and while the notifications panel is very bare bones, the Android market is chock full of widgets that display the weather, your email and calendar updates, and more.
Apple seems to have busy secretly installing fancy new features onto our iOS devices. Our latest discovery is the ability to download music you're purchased from the iTunes store that you haven't synced to your iOS device.
Apple is pushed an update to everyone's favorite, "Oh my God, where's my iPhone" app. Find My iPhone just got a swanky update that helps us find our lost iOS devices without crying in the corner for hours and hours.